Common Security and Defence Policy took a step forward
At their meeting on Thursday, the EU Foreign Ministers reached agreement on progress towards a more efficient Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). Britain abandoned its previous opposing stand, and the Foreign Ministers were able to endorse conclusions on the CSDP. “The solution wasn’t found yesterday evening, or last night, but in the morning we reached agreement,” said Minister for Foreign Affairs Erkki Tuomioja to Finnish correspondents in Brussels.
Minister Stubb in Bruges: AAA-rated euro countries constitute Europe's core
Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade Alexander Stubb gave a speech at the College of Europe in Bruges today, on 17 November. In his speech, Minister Stubb focused on the future of the European Union and the euro area.
Iran and Syria the main topics at the Foreign Affairs Council meeting
According to Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja, concerns over the Iranian nuclear programme have increased with the IAEA report. Any ideas about a potential unilateral military strike against Iran are inacceptable. “The consequences of a military strike could be regionally and globally destructive,” Tuomioja underscored at the EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting on Monday 14 November.
Minister of the Interior Päivi Räsänen: Too early to make a decision on the accession of Bulgaria and Romania to the Schengen area
The EU Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Council discussed on 22 September the accession of Bulgaria and Romania to the Schengen area. In practice, the accession would mean that internal border checks be lifted at the borders between Bulgaria and Romania and the other EU countries. ‘Finland considers that it is yet too early to make a decision on the accession of these two states to the Schengen area,’ said Minister of the Interior Päivi Räsänen at the JHA meeting.
High-level candidates in pursuit of the 2012 Millennium Technology Prize
Almost 40 candidates have been nominated for the 2012 Millennium Technology Prize. “The level of technological achievement in the nominations received is high, with innovations from a broader range of technology sectors than in previous years,” says Ainomaija Haarla, President and CEO of Technology Academy Finland. ”Robust knowledge of both basic science and technological applications was very apparent.”
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